Happy Wednesday, witches and friends! It’s our favourite day of the week, when we talk about magic-making, spell-crafting and all that good sh*t.
A couple of weeks ago, I showed you how to make a magical natural cleaning spray at home, and that was cute and practical and smelled lush. This week, however, I want to delve a little into the realms of magic/kal oils – what they are, and what to do with them (and what not to do with them).
What is a Magical Oil?
Okay, yes, it’s an oil that is magical, but let’s not be pedants. It’s all about using magical oils to focus the intentions of our witchcraft. Let’s all say it together –
It’s all about intention.
Okay, teachable moment over.
Right, so nearly every civilisation has a history of using oils, herbs, plants and flowers in their religious or sacred practices. In fact, people used to use oils to wash in. How divine and yet also disgusting.
Here are some images of Strigils, which Ancient Romans used to literally scrape off the dirt, sweat and grime from their skin (See also – Spartacus: Blood and Sand for some trashy, amazing Ancient Roman gladiator action).
Anyway, we’re not talking about Strigils but it was so gross and fun I had to share. Anyone else a history buff?
Right, so MAGICAL oils.
If you search for “Magical Oils” online, you’re going to get a lot of hits for shopping, and that is great. You can buy mine on my Etsy shop, too, when I have them available. You can also brew your own, and either way, let me tell you why you should be looking into them.
Magical oils essentially harness the power of plants and minerals that have magical properties, bringing them together in a blend. Just like we meditate to focus our intentions, magical oils focus those powers of flora into a concentrated liquid that we can use to strengthen our magical petitions, to draw certain things to us, to banish other things from us and to heighten our own abilities and intrinsic powers.
Anointing your tools
So a lot of you will have some kinds of tools on your altar or in your witch-kit. I have a few things on my altar, myself – selenite wand (DO NOT put oil onto that, it doesn’t need it and selenite doesn’t like sh*t being put on it), my cauldron, a sh*t-tonne of candles, a pentagram, etc and so on and so forth, depending on the time of year and my vibes. So, to consecrate your tools, literally just get yourself all magically set up, cast a circle if you feel like it, burn some incense or cleansing herbs, and put a drop of your oil onto your tool. You can use your finger or not – some oils might be a bit irritating to sensitive skin so be careful, friends.
Yas, witch, wear the sh*t out of your oils. RICH WITCH? Dab some Prosperity Oil underneath your ears before you go to work, to a pitch, or just out. Maybe you want to feel super spiritual tonight. In that case, try a Blessing Oil or Psychic Oil, placed on the temples, forehead, under the ears or wherever you want, really. But for psychic power, I recommend whacking that stuff on the third-eye. Protection Oil is a great one to wear out and about, too.
Dressing your candles
I use a LOT of candle magic, so using oils to dress magical candles (and to make not-magical candles magical) is super helpful to me. Again, it helps to focus the intentions for the spell-work. There are a bunch of different techniques – some candles are sold with the oils already incorporated. I buy beautiful handcrafted beeswax wrapped candles from my local metaphysical shop (when we’re not in lockdown) which the proprietress makes especially for each Sabbat. You can also take a drop of your oil, dab it into the centre of the candle, then drag your finger outwards from the middle on each side to dress the candle. Say a little incantation that relates to your spell-work, or just an affirmation.
In the bath
Okay, but be careful and use your common sense here, everybody. Don’t put sh*t into the bath that is poisonous or f*cking spicy. Par example, probably don’t put Banishing Oil into the bath tub. A) You don’t want to banish yourself. Think about it. B) That sh*t often has chilli in it, and you do not want spicy, burny things anywhere near your sacred bits. Got it? HOWEVER. If we are talking about a lovely blend of herbs like Prosperity Oil, or Love Oil, something that just has herbs and essential oils and a carrier oil involved, none of which are spicy or toxic or irritating, then add 10 drops of that to your bath, and enjoy.
Same goes, use your brain. Chilli mist in the eye is probably f*cking horrible. I’ve never experienced it, but I don’t think I’ll try it, and neither should you.
You can use either a water diffuser or one of those weird stick situations. I’m not a fan of those but that’s probably because I never met a good one, and also I once knocked one over in the night at someone else’s house and woke up to discover I had taken all the paint off their windowsill, which was mortifying. Anyway, you can totally use those if you have a better relationship with them than I do.
Again, use your noggin. Don’t use toxic substances to cook with. I would recommend that for cooking with magical oils, you only use oils that you have blended yourself, or that you KNOW come from food-safe sources. A great example of cooking with magical oils might be adding some rose-based Love Oil to a cake for your sweetheart, or some Protection Oil that contains olive oil and herbs into your family meal. You see what I mean? Gentle, sensible, don’t poison anyone.
Note: it’s generally considered to be very, deeply unethical to practice magic ON someone without their permission and/or knowledge. So like please don’t put Love Oil in a cake and force-feed it to someone who’s not interested in you. You’re better than that.
I often add a magical oil into a spell jar to give it an extra oomph. You can use just plain essential oils for this, or a pre-blended oil. It really doesn’t matter, so long as you have your correspondences firmly in your mind, and your intentions are set in the right direction.
Recipe: Simple Protection Oil
Okay, so now you’ve got the Magical Oil bug, let’s make one. I’m going to assume that you might not have access right now to 67 different essential oils and carrier oils. I currently only have Sweet Almond Oil (massive fave) and Olive Oil to do my mixes with, so today we’re going to use Olive Oil because it’s something that you’re more likely to have in the kitchen right now.
Basil (dried or fresh)
Cinnamon (ground is fine)
Black pepper (straight outta the grinder)
Rosemary (dried or fresh, whatever you have)
A glass jar with a lid
A mortar and pestle
Right, here we go. I’m warning you, this is hard sh*it. JOKES, it’s a piece of piss.
Take all of your dried/ground/fresh ingredients and mash them in a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have access to one of those, you can also use a blender, a coffee grinder, or put them in some cling film and hit them with something heavy. The goal is to get everything nice and muddled. I tend to start with fresh leaves, then move on to dried because this encourages the natural oils from the fresh leaves to pick up all the nice dried bits and pieces. Play around with the amounts of ingredients – cumin is super strong and spicy, so if you prefer a sweeter smelling oil, just put a tiny bit of cumin and black pepper in, or skip one ingredient all together. Rosemary is a great all-rounder and also my favourite herb in the world, so if you feel like you’ve added too much of anything, just whack more rosemary in there.
Okay, now you’ve squashed everything, put it all into that glass jar. Now, mix it up – I love using a cinnamon stick to do this, partly because it’s magical, and also because it makes me feel like a Boss Witch. Whatever works for you – a spoon is also fine.
Finally, pour your olive oil into the jar until it covers the items in there. You don’t want to overdo it here – just cover the herbs. Now, pop that lid on and decide how patient you’re feeling.
Option 1 – Leave it in the jar for at least 2 weeks. It will pick up some nice smells, it will take its time. I like to leave mine underneath my altar so it gathers all of that magical energy, but a dark kitchen cupboard is also fine. When you can wait no longer, strain the bits and pieces out (you can use muslin, a stocking, a sieve, whatever really) and squash the goodness out of them.
Option 2 – Something to do with a slow-cooker. I’ve never used this method, so here’s what the Modern Hippie Housewife recommends:
- Fill a mason jar with desired, dried, herbs or flowers. (Read this)
- Cover the herbs with carrier oil of choice. e.g., olive, grape seed almond, jojoba.
- Place the jars in the slow cooker with a tea towel lined on the bottom (this will prevent them from moving around.)
- Fill the slow cooker half full with water so that the mason jars are about 3/4 covered.
- Turn the slow cooker on low heat and leave to infuse for 10-12 hours.
- Using a very fine sieve or nylon stocking, strain the infusion, making sure to squeeze every last drop of precious oil out of the herbs and petals!
- Store the oil in a cool dark place.
Source: Modern Hippie Housewife – How to Infuse Oil with Herbs and Flowers – by Carly Daley, 2015.
Use this oil to anoint your magical tools, probably not in the bath because you might smell like dinner. It’s always nice to charge your oil under the moon – for Protection Oil, I suggest holding the bottle/jar to your third eye, focusing on your intention, and leaving it out underneath the moon. Sometimes I just leave it on/under my altar.
So now that we’ve covered the basics of what you can do with magical oils, I want to know what you think about them. Do you use the oils? Do you blend your own? What’s your fave? Which one makes you gag? Comment or contact me. Even better, leave me a voicemail and I can play it on the One Boss Witchcast.
Meanwhile, I hope you have a safe and spiritual Wednesday. Remember – be careful, don’t ingest sh*t if you don’t know what it is and what it does.